Temecula Valley Museum, in Sam Hicks Monument Park at 28314 Mercedes St., houses historic artifacts, tools, Native American artifacts, and photographs that describe the history of the area. A diorama depicts the town as it looked around 1914. The Touch History play area features a general store, parlor, antiques and a life-size horse. A collection of Erle Stanley Gardner memorabilia also is displayed. Gardner, author of the Perry Mason mystery novels, lived in Temecula for more than 30 years until his death in 1970.
A temporary exhibit changes every 8 weeks. Walking tours of Old Town Temecula are offered as well.